Hundreds rallied against Israeli forces as they entered the village of Kfar Qassem intending to demolish a greenhouse owned by Palestinian citizens of Israel Wednesday night.
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“They came like thieves in the night, but we were prepared. What’s their problem with the floor? There are plenty of illegal outdoor event venues that are not being razed, but they mind this floor?”
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Hanna slammed the illegal Israeli policies in East Jerusalem and said that Israel wants to demolish Palestinian homes and annex Palestinian lands.
“This is a racist policy, this policy is unjust and illegal”, he stated, “We reject these policies, the Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not intruders or strangers, but Israel wants to terrify and intimidate the Palestinians in order to leave the city”.
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On 7 April, security forces demolished the apartment, in Zur Baher, East Jerusalem, of the family of Husam Dwiyat, who carried out a bulldozer attack in the center of Jerusalem in July of last year. The demolition took place after the High Court of Justice denied, on 18 March, the family’s petition opposing the action.
As in previous cases of this kind, the justices (Levy, Grunis, and Na’or) accepted the state’s argument that demolition of the family home will deter others from carrying out similar acts. The justices approved the demolition, even though the state never contended that Dwiyat’s family assisted him or knew of his plans.
Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian motorist in East Jerusalem who tried to run over officers guarding the demolition of a home.
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A man identified as 20-year-old Iyad Azmi Uweisat was killed while driving near the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers and police officers were deployed in the area where Israeli forces were demolishing the Dwayat family home in the East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir Tuesday afternoon.
The Israeli police said they shot Uweisat when he intentionally ploughed his car into the officers, lightly injuring three of them in the legs.
Police later raided Uweisat’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkabir. Uweisat was a cleaning worker at Hadassa Hospital.
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Earlier this month the Israeli Court gave the green light to the Israeli army to demolish the Doyat home. The Israeli government says destroying the homes of attackers will deter future attacks.
The Israeli group Peace Now issued a press statement on Monday demanding that the Israeli Goverment should be consistent and demolish the monument to Baruch Goldstein in Hebron. In 1994 Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians whilst they were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque before he was himself killed. Settlers in Hebron built a monument to him in praise for the attack.
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The owner of the house, Um Omran Al-Fakhouri, said she received a demolition notice last Thursday and was scheduled to demolish it herself, but was surprised when municipality staff arrived early on Monday morning and began demolishing the home.
The 120-square-meter house, which was an addition to her 150-square-meter home, was hope to 14 people.
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Furthermore, Israeli police arrested the home’s owners, Naser Jaber, and his brothers Alaa and Rajaei. They were released 24 hours later. As hoards of settlers attacked the home, Palestinian residents of the neighborhood confronted them and clashes erupted as far away as Damascus Gate.
On Thursday morning, dozens of Israeli settlers backed by police originally took over the Palestinian house in the Old City of Jerusalem. A scuffle took place between the owner and the settlers before police intervened, allowing the settlers to take control of the house and sending the owner away.
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About 150 Jews, international human rights activists, and local Arabs hit the streets in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood Saturday to protest demolition orders for homes in the area.
The protesters rallied under the slogan: “Jews and Arabs against house demolitions.”
One of the stops in the march was the ruins of a home razed two weeks ago. “Under these ruins, you can still find the furniture of a whole family, with five daughters, that has no other home,” one protester declared. “This is an act by (Jerusalem Mayor) Barkat, who in his first day on the job already decided to raze homes, and is going to continue razing homes in the area.
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“Local sources in the village council said Israeli forces invaded the village on Wednesday and bulldozed the lands on the main road linking Hebron to the nearby town Adh-Dhahriya.
The bulldozed land had been covered with planted wheat, and belonged to the Amer and Al-Bustanji families”